Vision Statement

High-quality music education for all Illinois Learners

Mission Statement 

The Illinois Music Education Association exists to advocate for universal access to comprehensive music education; deliver exemplary professional development for educators; and provide outstanding musical experiences for all Illinois learners facilitated by licensed music educators.


With more than 3,500 members, we are one of the largest of the 52 affiliates of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, over 75,000 members strong.   ILMEA is, by far, the largest Fine Arts education organization in Illinois and among the largest in the nation.

ILMEA is a non-profit association, representing every level of music education, in every discipline, including yours!  We are dedicated to the advancement of your profession and to you as an individual music educator.

Membership in ILMEA provides for dual membership in NAfME.  There are many positive features to Membership, all offering a special benefit for your growth and professionalism.  Click on "Membership" to the left to learn the benefits of joining the only professional association in Illinois dedicated to the support of a comprehensive, standards based and assessed program of music education.

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